Towson Court Move Information

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TOWSON DISTRICT COURT IS MOVING TO A TEMPORARY NEW LOCATION - January 3, 2020

The Towson District Courthouse, located at 120 E. Chesapeake Avenue in Towson, Maryland, is temporarily closing, as of Friday, January 3, 2020, for critical building repairs.

All court operations and staff will relocate to the new Catonsville District Courthouse, located at:
1 Rolling Crossroads Professional Park in Catonsville, MD 21228 for a period of up to 6 months.

"Rendering of New Catonsville District Court"

(Pictured Above: New Catonsville District Courthouse)

  • Individuals who need to come to the Towson District Courthouse should report to 1 Rolling Crossroad in Catonsville this winter when notified by the Court.
  • Beginning on Monday, January 6, 2020, all cases that would have been scheduled in the Towson District Courthouse will be temporarily relocated to the new Catonsville District Courthouse located at 1 Rolling Crossroad, Catonsville, MD 21228.
  • The mileage from the Towson District Courthouse to the new location is about 16 miles. For your convenience, Frequently Asked Questions are listed below and a paper copy can be obtained at the clerk's office.
  • Please review any notices you receive from the Court to make sure that you report to the correct Courthouse.
  • The Towson District Court will conduct "business as usual" in the temporary new location in the Catonsville District Courthouse.

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Towson District Courthouse operations will temporarily move to new Catonsville courthouse location due to HVAC system repairs

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD - The Towson District Courthouse will temporarily move its staff and operations to the new Catonsville District Courthouse, located at 1 Rolling Crossroad in Catonsville, due to HVAC systems repairs scheduled to take place later this year. Aging equipment and failing systems have prompted the courthouse relocation, which is scheduled for winter 2019/2020. An exact move date will be announced in the coming weeks.

Signage has been placed in the current Towson District Courthouse, located at 120 E. Chesapeake Avenue in Towson, to alert individuals that have business with the courts of the upcoming location change. During the temporary move, all services provided at the Towson District Courthouse, including the commissioner’s office, will temporarily move to the new Catonsville District Courthouse for a period of up to six months.

“The Maryland Judiciary is committed to ensuring there will be no disruption of services for Marylanders,” said Judge John P. Morrissey, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland. “This is an unfortunate situation, but the safety and the well-being of both our court visitors and staff is a top priority and we will continue to provide the highest level of service during the temporary location change.”

Construction on the new Catonsville District Courthouse in Baltimore County is scheduled to be completed later this fall. The 130,000-square-foot facility, located on 5.9 acres in the Rolling Crossroads Professional Park, will have eight courtrooms. Convenient and free on-site parking is provided in an adjacent 425-vehicle parking garage. Additionally, the courthouse is accessible to commuters via the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) bus lines. For more information regarding bus routes and schedules, please visit the MTA website or call the MTA at 410-539-5000.

“The completion of the new Catonsville District Courthouse could not come at a better time,” said Baltimore County District Court Administrative Judge Dorothy Wilson. “The Judiciary is committed to providing a secure environment for people to have their cases heard and will do its best to make this a smooth transition for all involved.”

Baltimore County has three District Court locations (Catonsville, Essex, and Towson). During Towson District Courthouse’s temporary closure and the transfer of court operations to the new Catonsville District Courthouse, the current Catonsville District Courthouse, located at 900 Walker Avenue in Catonsville, will remain open and fully operational.

The system repairs that require the closure of the Towson District Courthouse are expected to take up to six months. Upon completion, Towson staff and court services will move back to the Towson District Courthouse and resume normal operations.

The general public can email the court with questions, comments, and concerns about the temporary relocation to towsontempmove@mdcourts.gov. In addition to courthouse signage, FAQ sheets and transportation guides will be made available at all Baltimore County District Courthouses.

For more updates on the courthouse move,

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The Towson District Courthouse is closing temporarily so that the Courthouse's HVAC system can be replaced.

The Towson District Courthouse will close its doors at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020. It is anticipated that the Courthouse will be closed for up to six (6) months to complete the repairs.

No. Beginning on Monday, January 6, 2020, all cases that would have been scheduled in the Towson District Courthouse during the closure will be temporarily relocated to the new Catonsville District Courthouse located at 1 Rolling Crossroad, Catonsville, MD 21228.

Granting or denying postponements is at the discretion of the presiding judge. You must file a motion for the judge to decide.

Signage with the official closing date, which is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January, 3, 2020, is now posted in the Towson District Courthouse. The Judiciary's website has updated information on the closing and re-opening. Please check your notices from the Court to make sure you report to the correct Courthouse.

There are multiple public bus routes that provide service to Catonsville. For more information regarding bus routes and schedules, please visit the MTA website, or call the MTA at 410-539-5000. There will also be a free parking garage at the new Catonsville District Courthouse, if you choose to drive.

The mileage between the two courthouses is about 16 miles. Travel time will depend on your mode of transportation and the time of day during which you are traveling. Please make sure to allow enough time to arrive at court by 8:30 a.m. if your case is scheduled for a morning docket and by 1 p.m. for an afternoon docket.

No. All filings, proceedings, hearings, and other court related events that were filed in the Towson District Courthouse will be transferred to the new Catonsville District Courthouse.

Yes. The existing Catonsville District Courthouse will continue to operate at 900 Walker Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228. All Towson District Courthouse operations will move temporarily to the new Catonsville District Courthouse at 1 Rolling Crossroad, Catonsville, MD 21228. Please look closely at your notifications to make sure you are going to the correct Courthouse.

Between 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January, 3, 2020 and 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020, commissioner services will only be available at the Essex District Courthouse (8914 Kelso Drive, Essex, MD 21221) or the old Catonsville District Courthouse (900 Walker Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228). Commissioner services include applications for public defender, petitions for domestic violence or peace orders, extreme risk protective orders, applications for charges, posting of bail or nay other matter which you are directed to see a commissioner. Beginning Monday, January, 6, 2020, these commissioner services will also be available at the new Catonsville District Court.

Questions, Comments, or concerns? Email us at towsontempmove@mdcourts.gov.

Check for the latest updates online at mdcourts.gov/district.

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